Rice Crust Pizza

two slices of gluten free rice crust pizza on a wooden board.  Whole pizza top left. Red pepper, onion and block of cheese top right.

Are you looking for a super quick and easy gluten-free pizza to make that is also naturally gluten-free?!  I love this rice crust pizza because it is exactly that.  You can mix it up in just a few minutes and while it’s in the oven baking you can chop up your toppings. 

Including prep time I’d say you’re less than an hour away from having a delicious, gluten-free rice crust pizza.

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About This Rice Crust Pizza Recipe

Naturally Gluten-Free Pizza

It’s difficult to find a pizza crust that you could consider naturally gluten-free because pizza dough, like bread, is typically made from wheat flour and yeast.  When you take away the gluten (wheat) then highly processed gums and starches are usually added to allow the crust to rise and hold its shape.

Not with this rice crust pizza.  There is no yeast, no gums, no starches.  The main ingredient is simple, naturally gluten-free rice with some eggs, cheese and a little flax seed as binders to hold it together.

Remember our natural continuum?  I would put this rice pizza crust way to the left into the green.  Yay!

green and gold bar showing

The Rice

You can use any rice you like for this pizza crust.  The pizza in the photos is made simply from Minute Rice.  I’ve also made this with brown rice.  You could try basmati or Arborio rice as well.

I do suggest making your rice the same day you make the pizza as leftover rice gets a little dry and hard.  That said, you could use leftover rice, just rehydrate it a bit by adding a little water and warming it up in the microwave.

Why This Recipe Works

It’s really the eggs that pull this whole thing together and turn a bowl of plain rice into a pizza crust.  I did try it with flax eggs and made a very tasty rice pizza bowl 😊  It’s just didn’t hold together well enough to slice and dish out like pizza.

The ground flaxseed is really optional.  The eggs would hold the rice pizza crust together, but I do like the extra binding power and the nutritional boost that we get from the flaxseed.

The cheese in the crust really enhances the flavor as well as adding some more binding power.  Mozzarella works well and I think you can guess why.  That ooey gooeyness adds to the stickiness of the mixture and helps to hold it together. 

Gluten-Free Dairy Free Pizza

You can easily make this rice crust pizza dairy free by eliminating the cheese in the crust.  The egg will still hold it together.  If you like you could substitute dairy free cheese or if you can tolerate goat or sheep milk cheese then by all means use that.  I have a cow's milk intolerance so the pizza in the photos is made with a combination of goat cheddar, goat mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Earth Island vegan shreds. 

The Recipe

This recipe make two gluten-free rice crust pizzas.  I often do one meat and one veggie, or one Hawaiian and one with whatever leftover meat I have in the fridge.  Chicken, steak, ground beef, and sausages all work really well. 

Ingredients

rice crust pizza ingredients. mixed shredded cheese , jar of homemade tomato sauce, cooked rice. 4 eggs, salt, dried oregano, basil, ground flaxseed.
  • 3 c cooked rice, white or brown.  Cooled to room temp or slightly above.
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 4 eggs beaten

  • 5 c shredded cheese, mozzarella or a blend of mozzarella and whatever else you like*

  • 1 tsp each of dried basil and oregano (optional - this is to add flavor to the crust)

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional - this add a little extra nutrition and binding power)

  • 4 tsp cornmeal (optional - this is to keep the crust from sticking to the pan.  You can also use parchment)

  • 2 c pizza sauce - your favorite pasta sauce will work great.

  • Whatever you like for toppings.
pizza topping on plate. onion, chicken, bacon, ham, red pepper.

Chop up your toppings while the crust is in the oven.

Tonight's pizzas will be:

1. Ham, pineapple, onion and bacon (pineapple not shown)

2. Chicken, bacon, onion and red pepper.

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400°  F

  • Mix the rice, salt, eggs, 1c of the cheese, herbs and flax seed if using.

  • Grease two pizza pans with coconut oil and sprinkle w cornmeal if using
    or
    Grease the two pizza pans and line with parchment paper

  • Spoon ½ the rice mixture on each pizza pan.  Spread evenly and press firmly to form a crust.

  • Bake for 10 min

  • Remove from the oven.  Spread w pizza sauce.  Add toppings and cheese.

  • Bake for another 15 min. 

  • Lift the edge of the pizza crust.  It should be a lightly browned and it should hold together.  If it's not quite ready bake for another 5 minutes. 

  • Remove.  Slice.  Dive in!!
rice crust pizza ingredients mixed in metal bowl.
two pizza pans with rice crust mixture ready for oven.  pizza toppings in background.
spatula lifting the edge of a rice crust pizza to show doneness of crust.

Pro Tip

To cut parchment to fit a round pan just fold in half and in half again until you have a triangle.  Then measure from the center of the pan to the edge and cut.  It doesn't have to be perfect, You can press it into the oiled pan and it's okay if it goes up the edge a bit.

hands folding a piece of parchment
parchment lined pizza pan with scissors.

Enjoy your rice crust pizza!

Pssst...it goes great with your favorite white wine or gluten-free cider or beer.

rice crust pizza.  Slice lifted off full pie in the foreground.  Rice, cheese and red pepper in background.

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